Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

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Office Hours  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Location City Hall, 18 North Jackson Street, Third Floor
Telephone (608) 755-3085
Fax (608) 755-3189
Email Contact the City
Meet the staff Alexander Brown, Associate Planner/MPO Coordinator

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Helpful Links
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Summary of Services
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is an area-wide transportation planning organization. The organization carries out federally-mandated planning and programming requirements in order for the City to remain eligible for federal highway, bicycle and transit funds. The Planning Division staff coordinate the functions of the Janesville area MPO.

Annual administrative activities conducted by the MPO to maintain eligibility for federal funding include the transportation work program and budget, the six-year Transportation Improvement Program, and quarterly financial/progress reports. Other planning activities include transit studies, parking studies, and various traffic studies.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the process of completing the 2015-2050 Janesville Area Long Range Transportation Plan. The long-range plan has a thirty-five year planning horizon and serves as an action plan for the construction of efficient highway, bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and development of effective transit service throughout the Janesville metropolitan area. A fundamental component of the plan is the bicycle and pedestrian network, which incorporates a system of off-street trails and on-street routes designed for recreational and commuter use.

The work of the MPO is directed by a Policy Board which is advised by a Technical Advisory Committee. The Policy Board members are comprised of chief elected officials who include the Janesville City Council; Janesville City Manager; City of Milton Mayor; Chairpersons from the Towns of Janesville, Harmony, LaPrairie, Milton, and Rock (or his/her designee); a member of the Rock County Board of Supervisors; and a representative from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation District 1 Office. The Technical Advisory Committee consists of City of Janesville planning and engineering staff, Rock County planning staff, Town representatives, State Department of Transportation representatives, City of Milton representatives, and Federal Transportation representatives.

Metropolitan Planning Organization Documents
The MPO maintains hard copies of all documents in the Planning Division of Janesville City Hall (3rd floor). The public may view these documents Monday - Friday between 7:30am -4:30pm. Copies are also available at the Milton and Hedberg Public Libraries. Electronic copies of documents may be downloaded from the Document Library.

Transportation Improvement Program

Annually, the Janesville MPO prepares a six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The program includes prioritized highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects; and all projects in the Janesville Planning Area proposed to be funded with federal funds. Federal transportation planning regulations require that certain federally-funded transportation improvement projects in the Janesville urbanized area must be included in the TIP and endorsed by the MPO Policy Board prior to receiving project approval from the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration. . Click here to find the Transportation Improvement Program documents. 

Work Program
Annually, the Janesville MPO prepares a Work Program. The Work Program outlines the transportation activities that will be undertaken in the next year and budget information. These activities typically include short-range system management studies and work aimed at updating the Long-Range Transportation Plan. Examples of short-range studies include the Transit Development Plan, parking studies, and traffic studies. The Work Program is endorsed annually by the MPO Policy Board.  Click here to find the MPO Work Program documents.

Public Participation Procedures
The Public Participation Procedures were originally adopted in 1994 and were updated in 1999, 2004, and 2006. The Public Participation Procedures must be reviewed and amended, if necessary, at a minimum every five years. MPO staff has updated the document, and it was reviewed and approved by the MPO Technical Advisory Committee and MPO Policy Board. Click here to find a copy of the current MPO Public Participation Procedures.

Non-Discrimination Agreement and Title VI Reports
The Metropolitan Planning Organization signs a Non-Discrimination Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that assures no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, and sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the MPO. The MPO Coordinator is the Title VI Coordinator responsible for initiating and monitoring Title VI activities and preparing required reports. Click here to find the Non-Discrimination Agreement.

Metropolitan Planning Organization Meeting Information
The MPO Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee generally meet once a year in the fall to review and approve the Work Program and Transportation Improvement Program. The MPO also meets periodically throughout the year to approve amendments to planning documents. Copies of agendas and/or minutes from both the MPO Policy Board and Technical Advisory Committee meetings can be found here or are available at the Planning Division.

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